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4 things to consider if there’s an issue with a tenant
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4 things to consider if there’s an issue with a tenant

On Behalf of | May 30, 2024 | landlord-tenant disputes |

Being a landlord can be a profitable and personally rewarding line of work but it can also be a challenging one. Your tenants can give you some of your most enjoyable moments, but they can also give you some of the most difficult.

You’ll have rules in place that you expect your tenants to abide by, but sometimes they will break them. Here are some things to consider when deciding how to handle it:

Is there an easy solution?

Some mistakes are understandable. Some errors can be corrected. Others can’t, at least not so easily. There is little point in making a big deal out of something that has an easy solution.

Are they a good tenant? 

Consider who you are dealing with. Does the tenant always pay their bills on time and never cause you any issues? Or are they someone you have constant run-ins with? Are they someone who constantly pushes against your rules and you would and you would love to see the back of, or are they a tenant you’d like to keep?

How will other tenants see your actions?

If other tenants see this tenant get away with something that is against the rules with no consequence, they may decide that they too can flout the rules.

The flip side is that you also should not be too quick to come down on someone for a breach where there were extenuating circumstances. For example, someone is late on their rent because their child got run over and they had to pay the medical bills. If you do, the other tenants might take their side against you and it could make relations more difficult.

You can’t be seen to play favorites either as that could lead to claims of discrimination if you treat someone else differently for the same issue later.

What would a court say?

You might assume you are in the right and would therefore win a legal action against a tenant over the matter, but the law might not agree. Housing laws can be complex and they can change so it is best to seek legal assistance from someone who can give you accurate and up-to-date information.